Category Archives: Final Projects
If you would like to pick up your final project, please email me. I will be out of town until January 3. If I’ve received an email from you, I’ll leave a copy of your project in an envelope at the reference desk.
The speaker in this presentation is Johanna Blakeley, who is based at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.
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If you’re at all interested in privacy issues on the web, you’d do well to take a look at some of the articles in this series from the Wall Street Journal: “Your Privacy Online – What They Know.”
For those of you doing research questions relating to privacy and social networking sites, you will definitely want to take a look at this I Shared What?!? service that is reviewed and linked to on this blog post at ReadWriteWeb.
A researcher at Microsoft, danah boyd, has a nice blog post this week about bullying. She makes a point of noting that the bullying we’ve seen recently in online social networks is not reflective of a technology problem but instead a larger social one. Boyd introduces her post this way:
The cultural logic underpinning bullying is far more complex than most adults realize. And technology is not radically changing what’s happening; it’s simply making what’s happening far more visible. If we want to combat bullying, we need to start by understanding the underlying dynamics. And we need to approach interventions with an evaluation-based mindset. We won’t know how to stop bullying and no amount of legislation requiring education is going to do squat until we actually find intervention mechanisms that work. And that starts with understanding what’s happening.
For those of you doing research questions relating to cyberbullying or gossip,you might find this post especially interesting.
You guys have been doing a great job with your comments so far. I really appreciate the close reading of the questions, and all the comments about the need for more precise language.
Some of the research questions posted on earlier pages of the blog haven’t been commented on yet. Lend a hand by posting your thoughts on any of these blog posts from:
How would getting rid of file sharing help or hurt record sales?
How does daily exercise affect middle-aged males’ health in the United States?
Are the constant adjustments of the privacy policies on Facebook doing an adequate job in restricting the visibility of a user’s personal information?
Does the use of texting and social networking sites affect the level of comfort with face-to-face communication amongst teens?